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Copa del Rey: Levante beat Barca; Sevilla all-but through

Copa del Rey: Levante beat Barca; Sevilla all-but through

Thursday night’s Copa del Rey action started at San Mames as Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla faced off and it proved to be the visitors who would gain a first leg result which all-but sees them qualify for the quarter final stage.

Former Barcelona man Nolito got himself on the scoresheet early on, but that goal was cancelled out when Mikel San Jose levelled things up in Basque country.

The second half would turn in the favour of Pablo Machin’s side, who had both Andre Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder to thank for some clinical finishing as they made it 3-1 to the away side.

Following on from that opener, Real Betis hosted Real Sociedad but it proved to be a rare goal-less tie at the Benito Villamarin as both sides struggled to convert any of their chances.

The final Copa tie of the week then ended at Ciudad de Valencia where Levante proved to strong for a second string Barcelona side.

Erick Cabaco started things off for the home side, converted an easy header inside the area and the lead was soon doubled when Borja Mayoral wheeled away in celebration after finishing well past stand-in keeper Jasper Cillessen.

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Philippe Coutinho did get Barca an away goal as he scored a late penalty in the dying moments.